December 13, 2011

Last night a large crowd of 36 members and friends gathered at the Ragin Cajun Restaurant to hear former Houston Astros player and current Astros Broadcaster Jim Desahies talk about his 25 years in major league baseball. Jim arrived a little early in order to be interviewed by a young girl in attendance who is writing a paper for her school on why left handed pitchers appear to have more success in getting right handed hitters out than right handed pitchers. Leslie promised to provide us with a copy of the finished product. She would make a great SABR member..

Jim delighted those present with numerous stories about his playing career, starting with his debut with the Yankees in 1984 (I need a uniform) to the magical season of 1986 and finally to the time when his pitching skills started to erode and what he did to try to extend his career. Jim also discussed how he got into broadcasting, told an amazing story about pitcher Mark Portugal pitching coach.Bob Cluck and fireworks in Cincinnati and closed by reading his adaption of the poem "Casey at the Bat". Good stuff

Chris Chestnut follolwed with a paper on "Popping Out For the Cycle" based on remarks made by Mr. Desahies during the season. Other discussions centered on the recently conductred Larry Dierker Roast, 2012 Hall of Fame candidates,and an update on the Houston Baseball History Project by Bill McCurdy.

Jo Russell advised that the Houston Baseball Dinner date has been changed to FridayFebruary 10th and we were advisied this morning that the Astros' Fan Fest will now follow on February 11th.

The trivia contest penned by Mike McCroskey was won by who else but Tom White.

We were saddened to learn that the father of SABR member Dave Raymond passed away the same day as our meeting.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 10th at the Regin Cajun. 713.927.1976 2437 Bay Area Blvd.,#271, Houston, TX 77058
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